• How Body Percussion Could Benefit Your School

    Here is a recent blog I wrote for Beat Goes On, they provide excellent percussive workshops for both students and teachers. On their website there are also lots of great free resources and ideas for you take and use in your classroom.

    Body percussion is an incredibly useful and powerful tool for music teachers. Music lessons should start with a practical element, and body percussion is ideal for this as it requires no equipment or set up – budget friendly, Continue reading

  • Three free composition resources

    Just wanted to share 3 new things I have been exploring recently with my students that I think are really great!
    Tin Pan Rhythm…

    Create 4 or 8 bar chord sequences,  arrange simple parts for bass, guitar, keyboard, drums and percussion.

    Then create different sections of a song, record and export these to wherever you like. What I love about it is the way it allows you to experiment really quickly with what different chord progressions sound like. You should totally check it out, it’s free!

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  • A Year of Musical Futures

    In our school we’ve been working hard to increase the uptake of Music at GCSE and beyond. So one of the things we’ve looked at is what we want our students to be able to do by the end of year 9,8 and 7. We decided that by the end of Y7 they should have an understanding of simple chord progressions including roman numerals and be able toplay these chord progressions on the keyboard and/or guitar. So we’ve completely changed everything and put Musical Futures approaches at the heart of the curriculum. Continue reading